The best little bakery you've never heard of...
OK guys & gals I work in the bakery industry & I visit & know many of the bakeries in Western Canada.
I just have to let you know about a place in Canmore called The Gourmet Croissant - just in front of the hospital on the Bow Valley Trail. It's a bit hidden away but the baker there, a Portuguese chap makes by my reckoning the best pastries I have come across on my travels.
He is a real artisan & uses quality ingredients in making the croissants & danish pastries that he excels in. His fresh baked bread is good too - but as I say it's the authentic European pastries that stand out - if you head through Canmore seek him out & indulge in these marvels. It's an otherwise bland bakery/cafe & the coffee is nothing to write home about but the pastries.......
1205 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore, AB T1W, CA
The Portuguese Bakery on 118 Avenue and 53 Street in Edmonton is also very good. Not so much for croissants but for breads, and buns. Just wonderful textures and they do seem to have a slightly different crust consistency to most other bakeries in Western Canada. Lovely tarts too, particularly the egg custard ones.
It also has a deli section that stocks the best linguisa sausage in Edmonton.
I will definitively go there on my next vacation in the Canadian Rockies, we never stay in Canmore, always go straight to Banff or Lake Louise, we go to Canmore for our dog sledding only, but on our next vacation we really want to spend a night or two in Canmore. Thanks for sharing, I am taking notes on where to find all the Canmore goodies.